Have you ever asked yourself why most kitchen staff in hotels wears white clothing? Well one of the main reasons is to depict the level of cleanliness in their kitchens. High levels of hygiene should be maintained in the kitchen at all times to keep us safe form the effects of harmful bacteria such as: e.coli, pseudomonas aeruginosa, staphylococus aureus, salmonella, enterobacter, and listeria.
Below are some of the things you can do to keep your kitchen clean:
Make sure everything has its own place; this can be achieved through routine. For example you can have the utensils that are not used often tucked away in the cabinet while those that are frequently used in the rack. The dust bin also needs to have it own strategic position as well as kitchen appliances and equipment. This will make it easy to clean the kitchen as well as maintaining the same.
Keep it dry
Most bacteria thrive in damp places. Try to keep your kitchen area as dry as possible. Do away with wet sponges, surfaces or even the utensils. Dry the utensils after washing using kitchen towels then wash the towels in temperatures greater than 60 degrees Celsius and dry them in high temperatures..
Avoid transferring germs
Whether you are using a kitchen towel or a sponge make sure you wash it after every wipe. If you use it on another surface without washing is, it means that you are only transferring germs. Always wash your hands every time you handle something different in the kitchen. A very good percentage of germs in the kitchen are transferred by hand.
Do not keep dirty utensils
In most cases after dinner, it is very tempting to leave the dirty utensils so that they can be washed the next day. After all you are very tired. Well, don’t. Bacteria just like us need food to survive and leaving dirty utensils only give them more than enough food to thrive. You also wouldn’t’ want to wake up to a septic smell in the kitchen emanating from fermented remnants.
Disinfect food areas
Any areas that come in contact with foods such as: meat, eggs, vegetables among others, should be cleaned before and after they come in contact with these foods. Do not postpone; do it immediately.
Keep your rubbish bin clean
How? For starters, make sure it has a lid. This will obscure the bad sight and also reduce any smell that may come from it. Wash and disinfect the dust bin at least once a week to prevent any bacterial growth. If possible, empty your rubbish bin daily.
Clean all surfaces
Always clean the kitchen surfaces and disinfect them at all time, especially those commonly touched by people. These include: handles, buttons, door knobs, and light switches in the kitchen and its surroundings.
De-clog sinks monthly
Kitchen effluents deposit on the sink piping daily and if not checked from time to time it will lead to a sink blockage. It is therefore advisable to de-clog the sink at least once a month.
No matter how much we try to keep the kitchen pest free, from time to time there is a possibility of having pests such as roaches in the kitchen. It is therefore important to seek the help of pest-control agency at least once in every six months.
Pick it up
It could be edible powder, bits of food or gravy accidentally dropped in the kitchen. In such an occurrence you should pick it up immediately and take care of the mess. This will avoid getting stuck or eventual summon of flies, pests, roaches and even mosquitoes.
Hair ties, apron and gloves should be used when in the kitchen. They should be kept clean and disinfected at all times. Gloves can prevent any part on your hand that could be bruised from coming in contact with food while aprons can prevent your clothes from being stained.
Clean the food
Vegetables and fruits should be washed with a lot of water (preferably lukewarm) before they are stored or used. Put meat into the freezer immediately you get it to the house because it is highly perishable.
Sanitize storage areas
Remember to wash storage areas at least once in every two months. This is where you keep kitchen ware and groceries.
Clean dusters and mops
Sweep and mop the floor twice daily then after using floor dusters and mops wash them thoroughly and dry them.